The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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Even so, the only union federation permitted to exist was Sodomei, which
timorously steered away from any confrontation. At its pre-war peak, membership
in the unions accounted for less than 8 per cent of the workforce. Yet even this
A preferred tactic of companies with troublesome unions was to establish a
moderate rival union. Within a short time this alternative union would generally
attract many more members than the activist union, since employees soon
realised that ...
Lower-class workers are paid considerably less than union members, risk losing
their jobs in periods of economic downturn ... But unions are not welcome on this
level, and the administrators have sufficient control to allow no other significant ...
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review